Speakers at a virtual programme on Tuesday stressed the need for building sustainable embankments in coastal belt to protect the lives and property from natural disaster.
Addressing the event, former minister Narayan Chandra Chanda said the coastal embankments were built in the 1960s.“The old embankments are not able to protect the coast at present. Now it is high time dams were constructed in a planned way,” Chandra, also a lawmaker from Khulna-5 constituency, said.
He said rivers across the coastal belt should be dredged on a regular basis to ensure smooth flow of water.
A separate board should be formed to deal with all kinds of problems across the coast.
Another lawmaker Mir Mostaq Ahmed Robi from Satkhira-2 constituency said they have been left with no alternative but to construct new dams in coastal belts.
“Natural disasters affect the region every year. Although this year’s cyclone ‘YAAS’ did not hit directly, the coastal dams broke and caused extensive damage after tidal water inundated vast areas,” he said, urging the government to spend a portion of amount from the state coffers for the sake of people living in the coastal areas.
Nikhil Chandra Bhadra, coordinator of the Sundarbans and Coastal Protection Movement, conducted the event organised by the international organisation KNH Germany and the non-governmental development organisation Faith in Action.KNH Germany representative Matilda Tina Vaidya, Bangladesh Environmental Movement Joint Secretary Mihir Biswas, Parliament News Editor Sakila Parveen, Scan General Secretary Moniruzzaman Mukul, SCAS Chairman Jasmine Prema and Leaders Executive Director Mohan Kumar Mandal, among others, addressed the programme.